PhotographerTheodor and Oskar Hofmeister



JournalDie Kunst in der Photographie 1900

AtelierGeorg Büxenstein & Co.


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Allegorical, Landscape, Figure, Night, Old Age: Women


Image Dimensions: 14.5 x 20.3 cm : Art folio #6, plate #5

Title translation: Night Walk

The Brothers Hofmeister photographed an old woman hunched over supported by a cane in 1899.  The photograph was transformed via the gum bichromate process into a night scene in 1900:

     “The brothers Theodor and Oskar Hofmeister frequently used brushes to retouch their photographs.  The three prints of their famous Old Woman (figs. 28-30) reveal the successive stages of the process.” 1.

Note: Hofmeister Brothers engraved monogram in lower left corner of plate dated 1899.

1. Impressionist Camera: Pictorial Photography in Europe, 1888-1918 : Merrell Publishers : 2006 : p.17
Three examples of this photograph: gelatin silver, photogravure and gum bichromate, can be seen on pp. 58-59 of this book.